Programs and Services

The Spahr Center provides services and support for LGBTQ youth, adults, seniors and families and for people living with and affected by HIV. Most services are provided at our offices in downtown San Rafael, but we also reach out to schools, senior centers and other community agencies in Marin.

LGBTQ Programs

and Services

We have LGBTQ programs and services for youth, adults, seniors and families including social and support groups and activities, counseling, classroom education, cultural competency training and much more. Click any of the links below for more information or call us with your questions.

Youth Drop-In Groups

Groups meet at The Spahr Center twice a month and soon we’re adding new groups in Novato and Mill Valley.

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LGBT Senior Discussion Group

Our monthly group meets in Novato at Margaret Todd Senior Center.

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Parent Support Group

Support group for parents of gender questioning, gender fluid and/or transitioning children. 

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Mental Health Counseling

Our therapists are available to help young people, adults, seniors, couples and families. Call us to schedule an appointment.

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Senior Home Visiting

We offer friendly visiting with isolated older adults provided by volunteers. Call us about volunteering or to request a weekly visit.

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Caregiver Support Information

There are support services available in Marin for caregivers as well as respite services for the person receiving the care.

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Social Mixer/Activities

The Spahr Center hosts a monthly LBGTQ mixer at San Rafael Joe’s and quarterly LGBT friendship luncheons at the Marin Yacht Club. Join us and give us a call to get on our email list.

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Education, Training & Speakers

The Spahr Center is happy to provide classroom HIV and LGBTQ education.

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Information & Referral

Information and Referral is our specialty. Contact us any time with questions or help finding a needed resource

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HIV Services and

Support

We are Marin’s only HIV/AIDS community provider. If you’re living in the county with HIV, we can help you access services; including medical and housing case management, benefits advocacy, counseling, psychiatric evaluation, emergency financial assistance, linkage with other services, support groups and a food pantry. We speak English and Spanish.

Medical Case Management

Medical case management helps clients coordinate with physicians, supports staying on HIV medications and partners with clients to resolve other issues including linking them with other community resources. alley.

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Benefits Advocacy

Our benefits advocate works with your insurance and premium issues, social security applications and trouble shooting and can link you with other public benefit programs.

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Emergency Financial Assistance

Clients with qualifying incomes can request limited emergency financial assistance with utility bills, prescription drugs, medical transportation and health insurance premiums and co-pays.

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Mental Health Counseling

Our therapists are available to help young people, adults, seniors, couples and families. Call us to schedule an appointment.

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Support Groups

We have 3 different support groups for individuals living with and affected by a positive HIV diagnosis.  

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Housing Case Management

Our new Housing Case Management program helps homeless and marginally housed clients to stabilize their living situations and seek affordable, permanent housing.

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Education/Speakers

The Spahr Center is happy to provide classroom HIV education.

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Food Pantry

To support good nutrition and health, our pantry is open every day for our clients living with HIV.

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Information and Referral

We have extensive knowledge about HIV/AIDS and are always available to answer questions about prevention and treatment and to provide linkage to helpful resources.

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HIV Prevention

and Testing

We offer free HIV and Hepatitis C Testing; PrEP information; and prevention counseling. We also have the county’s only syringe exchange program including harm reduction counseling and we have NARCAN.

HIV/Hep C Testing Clinics

We offer free, confidential, rapid tests for HIV as well as Hepatitis C on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 4:30 – 7:00 pm.

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Risk Assessment/Prevention Counseling

We’re available to help testers understand the level of risk involved in their lifestyle and about developing a plan to reduce risk for themselves and their partners. 

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PrEP Information and Linkage

Is PrEP, the daily pill that prevents HIV, the correct choice for your prevention planning?  How can you afford it and where can you get it?  Our PrEP navigator will help you answer your questions and help you decide if PrEP is right for you.

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Syringe Access

Through our syringe access and disposal program, people who inject drugs can access sterile equipment and can safely dispose of bio-waste.  Our Syringe Access Site (commonly referred to as the “needle exchange”) is open M -F 9 am – 5 pm, as well as during our testing clinics on Tuesday and Thursday evenings 4:30 – 7:00 pm.

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Education

Information / Referral

The Spahr Center is happy to provide classroom HIV and LGBTQ education. We also have speakers available for community organizations and businesses and we provide cultural competency training. Call us any time for HIV and LGBTQ information and referral. We’re here to help!

Classroom Education

Our experienced speakers provide HIV education and speak about LBGTQ issues and perspectives in middle and high school classrooms throughout Marin.

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Community Presentations

We are happy to speak to your group or organization about HIV/AIDS or LGBTQ topics. Give us a call.

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Information & Referral

Every day, we are called upon to provide up-to-date LBGTQ and HIV/AIDS information and to refer people to needed resources in the community. Don’t hesitate to contact us with your questions and requests.

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Training

We offer cultural competency training and HIV 101 classes.

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